8-10: Warning on Parties, Mayor’s Video Interview, Cooling Center a Big Help, Case Report

Health Office Warns of COVID Spread by Indoor Parties

When care is not taken, any party can become a ‘virus spreader’ event. It is only natural to want to enjoy the company of friends, especially in the summertime. It seems some young people especially are feeling impatient.  Covid-19 figures indicate that teens and those in their twenties are catching the virus more frequently recently.  For the first three weeks of July, the percentage of cases among the age group 18 to 29 was 24% to 33%, up from 12% in April. There are also indications of long-term health impacts after recovery.  Read this article which quotes New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on the matter:


Play it safe.  Be patient.  If you host or attend a social gathering you feel is necessary, try to do so outdoors*, with masks, and lots of space.  You will never regret being extra careful at this time (but you might regret not doing so). See the below tips on hosting or attending a gathering.

*Indoor gatherings are now limited in the State of NJ to a maximum of 25 persons with few exceptions.


Mayor’s Interview with Deputy Public Health Officer Devangi Patel

August is typically a month of social gatherings or travel for many. However, precautions on gatherings and travel are being advised by the Township Health Office. Can you host or attend a party safely at this time? Find out the current status of COVID-19 in town and learn some sound guidance from Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel as she is interviewed by Montgomery Twp. Mayor Sadaf Jaffer:



The Otto Kauffman Community Center was opened as a much needed Cooling Center last Wednesday until Sunday and many residents, finding themselves suddenly without power after Tropical Storm Isaias, were glad of the opportunity.

Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman stated that over 100 visitors came to Otto Kaufman to cool off, charge phones, and get some cool water. Residents had to sign in with name, address, and phone number for contact tracing purposes, wear masks, and socially distance.

“Many people came to work on their tablets or laptops. So we spread out make-shift charging stations, setting up tables in the gym and hallways; wherever there was an outlet – even outside,” Karen said.

There were those who wished to remain out-of-doors due to Covid-19 and a tent with charging area was set up for them.  Others chose to sit in their cars and connect to the Center’s Wi-Fi.

According to Police, there are only two homes still known to be without power at this time in Montgomery. Everyone is cautioned to take care with any food which defrosted during the outage. A good rule of thumb is: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

“We were hit hard but we got through this by working together as a community,” said Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, “Thank you to our Recreation staff for everything they did to assist impacted residents.”




Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 8-07-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 8/10

NJ cases: 185,031
NJ deaths: 15,878
Somerset County cases: 5,253
Somerset County deaths: 561
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13        <20
18        20-29
19        30-39
22        40-49
26        50-59
19        60-69
5        70-79
20        80+

142 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     2 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/